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You Are Your Loved One’s Link to the Outside World

Caregiver in Buffalo MN

Isolation can become common for seniors, especially those receiving in-home care. As your loved one’s caregiver, you are often their only link to the outside world.Caregiver-Buffalo-MN

It is not a responsibility to take likely. Research has shown that isolation in seniors and the elderly population increases their risk for serious illnesses, mental and physical decline and even death.

Fostering relationships and activities between your loved one and their peers, family members and the community are a key way to combat isolation and loneliness. But you have to be willing to do the work.

Here are a few things you can do:

Bridge the generation gap

Grandchildren may find it hard to relate to grandma or grandpa. As your loved one’s family caregiver you can play a vital role in changing that. Come up with ways your loved one and the younger generation can spend time together. The benefit: your loved one will experience mental decline at a much slower rate.

Encourage family to reach out

It does not have to take much, but encouraging family to reach out to your loved one will go a long way. Sending a card, dropping off their favorite dish or a 30 minute phone call once or twice a week can make your loved one feel connected to the rest of the family.

Become the student

Allow your loved one to pass on their wealth of knowledge on to you. Let them teach you a skill or something that they love to do. It will be a great bonding experience and restore some of the child-parent dynamic that might have gotten lost since you have become your loved one’s caregiver.

Involve others

Engage others in the activities that your loved one enjoys to do. For example, invite people over for a dinner party if your loved one enjoys cooking. If your loved one likes to sing, why not get the family together for a group sing-along?

Too often there is too little attention paid to loved one’s being cared for at home, leaving many to feel like that have been pushed aside or forgotten about. Taking steps to foster better relationships between you, your loved one and the rest of the family will not only decrease feelings of loneliness, but be a rewarding experience for the entire family.

If you or someone you know needs caregiver in Buffalo, MN, contact Prairie River Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.

 

Source

https://www.agingcare.com/Articles/loneliness-in-the-elderly-151549.htm

Lori Seemann

Lori Seemann has a background in nurse management, hands-on critical care and business management. Her clinical expertise and knowledge of information systems had been instrumental in ensuring operational consistency in all branch offices. She led efforts that resulted in implementation of a new home care computer system that is utilized for staffing, scheduling, clinical records and billing. Lori continues to seek opportunities to improve caregiver productivity through nurse utilization of a unique point of care laptop computer system.